‘Killing off’ the (unbearable) sex worker: prostitution law reform in Ireland

Eilís Ward (2019): ‘Killing off’ the (unbearable) sex worker: prostitution law reform in Ireland, Journal of Political Power, DOI:10.1080/2158379X.2019.1669259

This article draws on the work of Jessica Benjamin and of Sarah Ahmed to argue that the adoption of a Sex Purchase Ban (SPB) by the Irish state constituted a form of affective governmentality that was derived from a deep psychic discomfort towards the presence of ‘errant’ female sexuality. The ban, enshrined in the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017, followed a long campaign by radical feminist activists but also saw, for the first time in Irish history, prosex work activism in the form of sex worker organisation.

 

 

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